The 2015 Western Australian Junior Surfing Titles presented by SunSmart
(Coral Durant photo by Nick Woolacott / Surfing WA)
Close to 100 of Western Australia’s best young surfers impressed in challenging, but highly contestable waves at Trigg Beach over the weekend for the second event of the WA Junior Surfing Titles presented by SunSmart.
Despite a small swell, Trigg Beach still provided fast and punchy surf in the 1-2 foot mark, keeping competitors hearts racing as they hunted the shifty peaks on offer along the Perth metropolitan coastline. A star-studded field of WA’s future surfing stars battled a through a marathon two day event, which saw over 2,000 waves ridden across a total of 54 heats.
Surfing Australia Hurley High Performance Centre Coach Clancy Dawson (NSW), was on hand for the event, critiquing and providing feedback to competitors who had converged on Trigg Beach from as far north as Exmouth and as far south as Albany.
“It’s been a great opportunity to watch some of the awesome talent that is emerging here in WA,” said Dawson. “The waves have definitely been testing, but I’ve been impressed and entertained by the action I’ve seen.”
Margaret River’s Mia McCarthy won a wave starved Under-18 Junior Girls final. Finding the two best waves on offer, McCarthy posted a low but competitive combined total of 8.44 (from a possible 20) to take down Emi Campbell (Denmark), Marnie Durant (Carnarvon) and Phoebe McGregor (Yallingup).
“I grew up surfing along this stretch of coast,” said McCarthy. “I’m happy to be back on waves I know really well and taking out an important win”
Albany’s Pemba Spargo posted her best result at state level with victory in the Under-16 Cadet Girls division. Spargo posted a heat high score of 6.60 (from a possible 10) to leave Jamaica Selby (Margaret River) chasing a 4.11 when the final siren sounded. Mandurah’s April McPherson finished in third ahead of Sascha Roberts (Albany).
“I’m speechless right now I can’t believe it,” said Spargo. “I’d like to thank the other girls in the final and Aido who’s coached me up to this point.”
In other results from the weekend, Coral Durant (Carnarvon) claimed her maiden win at the WA Junior Surfing Titles, taking out the Under-14 Grommet Girls division. Travelling for over 14 hours to reach Trigg Beach, Durant couldn’t wipe the smile off her face when the result was announced. Durant finished ahead of Pemba Spargo (Albany), Holly Minter (Albany) and Emma Cattlin (Yallingup).
Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks acknowledged all competitors, parents, officials and supporters who made the weekend a resounding success. “Looking at the forecast early last week I knew we could be in for a tricky weekend, but luckily the waves and conditions have smiled upon us,” he said.
All attentions now turn to the third and final event of the WA Junior Surfing Titles presented by SunSmart which will be held north to Geraldton on the 18th – 19th July 2015. This event will decide the remaining six State Championship Titles still in contention and the final positions into the WA Junior Surfing Team to compete at North Stradbroke Island in December for the Australian Junior Surfing Titles.
You can watch the highlights clip from the opening event of the WA JUNIOR SURFING TITLES HERE
Stay tuned to www.surfingwa.com.au for news, photos and updates relating to the event.
WA JUNIOR SURFING TITLES RND # 2 RESULTS
UNDER 18 JUNIOR GIRLS:
1. Mia McCarthy (Margaret River) 8.44pts
2. Emi Campbell (Denmark) 4.87pts
3. Marnie Durant (Carnarvon) 3.77pts
4. Phoebe McGregor (Yallingup) 3.27pts
UNDER 16 CADET GIRLS:
1. Pemba Spargo (Albany) 9.93pts
2. Jamaica Selby (Margaret River)
3. April McPherson (Mandurah) 8.40pts
4. Sasha Roberts (Albany) 6.06pts
UNDER 14 GROMMET GIRLS:
1. Coral Durant (Carnarvon) 8.63pts
2. Pemba Spargo (Albany) 8.33pts
3. Holly Minter (Albany) 4.20
4. Emma Cattlin (Yallingup) 3.40pts
Words by Surfing WA photos courtesy of Nick Woolacott